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Funding for European cinema: significant increase in new Member States’ applications for EU support

European Commission - IP/05/825   01/07/2005

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IP/05/825

Brussels, 1 July 2005

Funding for European cinema: significant increase in new Member States’ applications for EU support

Applications from the new EU Member States for funding from the EU’s MEDIA programme have increased substantially over the past years and in some cases even tripled. This is highlighted today at the opening of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2005, which is a barometer for the development of cinema in the enlarged Union. This year, 8 films, which have been supported by the MEDIA Programme, are either in competition or the Variety Critic's Choice. MEDIA supports the trans-frontier distribution of nine out of ten European films. It has been extended to the new Member States already prior to accession to ensure their active participation in this programme.

The cinema markets of Central Europe have undergone dramatic changes in the last years and box office has doubled since 1996” said Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media. “The MEDIA programme is contributing to this positive growth by providing specific scholarships and actions aimed at these countries. It is the Commission’s most powerful tool to strengthen Europe’s cultural diversity and the competitiveness of Europe’s cinema.

Cinema production increased slightly in the new Member States in 2004; it is worth noting that for this reference year, estimates for the Czech Republic show that a total of 21 local films were produced in 2004, 7 more than in 2003, whilst in Hungary and Poland production levels were stable.

In respect of cinema admissions, 1,005 million cinema tickets were sold in the 25 countries of the European Union in 2004, 55 million more than in 2003 (950 million). This represents an increase in attendance of 6% for the 25 Member States. However, the estimate in respect of the increase in the 10 new Member States is 16%, and Poland stands out with an impressive 40.5% increase on the 2003 total.

The MEDIA programme has set up MEDIA Desks in all the new Member States, including funds for special scholarships for professionals in these countries. Across the programme the rate of applications has risen sharply together with the amount of grants received. A number of cinemas from the region have become members of the Europa cinemas network, showing a high percentage of European films.

The EU Commission has proposed that the MEDIA budget be doubled, to €1 billion for 2007-2013; this will ensure that the means are available to foster cinema in the new Member States,

Further information available on:

http://ec.europa.eu/avpolicy/media/index_en.html

Annex

I. Eight films supported by the MEDIA programme at the Karlovy Vary film festival

Companies
Country
Film
Director
MEDIA support
Paul Rosdy Filmproduktion
AT
New World/Neue Welt
Paul Rosdy
30.000 €
Elzevir Films
FR
The Lost Domain/Le domaine perdu
Raoul Ruiz
25.000 €




50.000 €
Sweetwater Filmrights
SU
The Queen of Shebas Pearls
Colin Nutley
47.982 €
MMM Filmproduction Zimmerman & Co
DE
Unveiled
Angelina Maccarone
23.000 €
Versus Production Srl
BE
Ultranova
Bouli Lanners
40.214 €
Shylock Trading Ltd
UK
The merchant of Venice
Michael Radford
105.850 €
Cartel Producciones Audiovisuales
ES
Fuera del cuerpo
Vicente Peñarrocha
16.850 €
Dor Film Produktions
AT
Silentium
Wolfgang Murnberger
38.600 €

Source: European Commission

II. Number of feature films produced in new Member States


2000
2001
2002
2003
CY
1
4
2
2
CZ
16
18
19
17
EE
0
3
2
2
HU
21
22
24
21
LT
2
0
1
2
LV
2
3
2
4
MT
0
0
1*
PL
22
29
30
20
SI
5
9
10
7
SK
3
4
5
8

72
92
95
83

(*: minority co-production)
Source: European Audiovisual Observatory

III. Average budget per film

CY
n/a
CZ
780 000€
EE
330 000€
HU
450 000€
LT
660 000€
LV
300 000€
PL
600 000€
SI
610 000€
SK
840 000€

Source: Screen Digest

IV. Market share of European films in new Member States (national films)


2000
2001
2002
2003
CY
2%
n/a
n/a
n/a
CZ
12%
10%
11%
7%
EE
n/a
3%
4%
3%
HU
11%
13%
13%
9%
LT
1%
n/a
1%
1%
LV
7%
11%
10%
n/a
PL
12%
14%
13%
11%
SI
3%
5%
5%
n/a
SK
2%
1%
3%
4%

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory

V. Market share of European films in new Member States (European films)


2000
2001
2002
2003
CY
11%
18%
9%
n/a
CZ
32%
43%
41%
40%
EE
n/a
19%
25%
18%
HU
35%
40%
46%
44%
LT
27%
18%
26%
22%
LV
42%
44%
46%
n/a
PL
40%
39%
33%
39%
SI
19%
20%
22%
n/a
SK
39%
38%
39%
n/a

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory

VII. Cinema admissions in new Member States (in millions)

Country (inhabitants)
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
CY (950 400)
0,9
0,9
0,9
1
n/a
CZ (10 230 100)
8,7
10,4
10,7
12,1
12
EE (1 350 900)
1,1
1,3
1,6
1,3
1,2
HU (10 106 000)
14,3
15,7
15,3
13,7
13,7
LT (3 445 900)
2,1
1,8
1,4
1,4
1,4
LV (2 319 200)
1,5
1,2
1,1
1,1
1,6
MT (395 000)
1
1
1,1
1,1
1
PL (38 158 100)
18,7
26,2
25,9
23,8
33,4
SI (1 954 500)
2
2,2
2,5
2,8
3
SK (5 381 200)
3
2,6
2,8
3
3

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory


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